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7,208 reads | 0 comments | 10/21/2010
Study Assesses Long-Term Results Of Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor After patients have failed conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis, radiofrequency nerve ablation (RFNA) may be an effective option. A recent study in Foot and Ankle Specialist notes that patients have been pain free for up to 12 years after RFNA. | Continue reading

6,414 reads | 0 comments | 09/22/2010
Can Advanced Therapies Speed Healing Of DFUs? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor Given that diabetic foot ulcers can result in complications as devastating as amputation, timely healing of such ulcers is critical. A new study in the Archives of Dermatology cites the benefits of advanced biological therapies.    The study focused on 2,517 patients with diabetic neuropathic foot ulcers who received advanced biological therapy via Apligraf (Organogenesis), becaplermin (Regranex, Systagenix Wound Management) or Procuren (Cytomedix). | Continue reading

6,983 reads | 0 comments | 08/19/2010
Can DPMs Have An Impact On The Multidisciplinary Team For Patients With Diabetes? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor When treating at-risk patients with diabetes, a multidisciplinary team can be invaluable in averting complications such as lower extremity amputation. A recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association says early identification and referral to a podiatric limb preservation team can improve the survival rate of at-risk patients with diabetes. | Continue reading

5,867 reads | 0 comments | 07/22/2010
Online Poll: Not Enough Emphasis On Biomechanics In Podiatric Education By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor The emphasis on biomechanics in podiatric education has been the subject of debate recently due to potential changes in the CPME 320 residency requirements. In a recent Podiatry Today online poll, 65 percent of poll respondents said there is not enough focus on biomechanics in podiatric education. | Continue reading

8,490 reads | 0 comments | 06/22/2010
New Study Shows Efficacy Of Laser Therapy For Onychomycosis By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor Given the common prevalence of onychomycosis, the emergence of new laser devices to help treat this disease has been an intriguing development. A recently published study suggests that laser therapy may have a role in the treatment armamentarium for onychomycosis. | Continue reading

6,382 reads | 0 comments | 05/20/2010
How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Your Patients And Practice? Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor During the protracted battle over healthcare reform, there was no shortage of opinion on either side of the issue on whether the reform would help or hurt patients and doctors. Now that President Obama has signed the reform into law, how will it affect both podiatric patients and practices? | Continue reading

6,121 reads | 0 comments | 04/26/2010
Do Age And Weight Factor Into Success With Total Ankle Replacements? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor In recent years, surgeons have looked to total ankle replacements to abate pain caused by such conditions as ankle arthritis. A recent study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery examines which patient conditions may facilitate better range of motion (ROM) and function following ankle replacement. | Continue reading

6,355 reads | 0 comments | 03/25/2010
Can PRP Injections Relieve Pain From Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy? By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are among the treatment options for the commonly presenting problem of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. Although a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that PRP does not show a significant benefit for the condition, several DPMs have experienced promising results. | Continue reading

7,401 reads | 0 comments | 02/23/2010
CPME May Extend Residency Requirement To Three Years By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    The Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) is proposing longer residency requirements for podiatrists to qualify for advanced certification. The council advocates lengthening the residency duration from two years to three, according to CPME 320 documents posted on www.cpme.org/ | Continue reading

6,818 reads | 0 comments | 02/01/2010
Studies Suggest Possible Link Between CT Scans And Cancer By Brian McCurdy, Senior Editor    In recent years, computed tomography (CT) has gained wider usage among podiatrists as a diagnostic tool. However, recently published studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine sound a warning about a potential link between CT scans and cancer.    In the first study, researchers estimated that about 29,000 future cancers could be related to CT scans performed in 2007. | Continue reading